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Netflix Is Now Available Around the World
Posted on 7-Jan-2016 19:15Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Netflix launched its service globally, simultaneously bringing its Internet TV network to more than 130 new countries around the world, for a total of more than 190 countries. The company made the announcement - and the service went live - during a keynote by Co-founder and Chief Executive Reed Hastings at CES 2016. Comments (Comments)

Casio to release smartwatch with Android Wear
Posted on 6-Jan-2016 12:32Tags News, Consumer Electronics

The new WSD-F10 wrist device is optimal for the outdoors, boasting water resistance for use in rain and around water, and is tested to military standard specifications to ensure it can withstand a variety of rugged activities. Comments (Comments)

Kodak bets on Super 8 filmmaking revival
Posted on 6-Jan-2016 12:23Tags News, Consumer Electronics

On the heels of celebrating 50 years of manufacturing Super 8 film, Kodak is launching an initiative aimed at putting Super 8 cameras into the hands of a new generation of filmmakers as well as meeting the needs of top directors, indie filmmakers and others who appreciate the art and craft of filmmaking. Comments (Comments)

Fitbit Blaze brings style to smart trackers
Posted on 6-Jan-2016 12:05Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Fitbit has unveiled the Fitbit Blaze smart fitness watch, available today for presale with global retail availability starting in March 2016. Comments (Comments)

Fiat Chrysler announces new fourth-generation Uconnect systems
Posted on 5-Jan-2016 14:04Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Fiat Chrysler are heading to the world's largest and most important electronics show, the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, to reveal the new fourth-generation Uconnect system featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a preview of the latest technology advancements in FCA vehicles. Comments (Comments)

Lenovo unveils modular ThinkPad X1 tablet
Posted on 4-Jan-2016 21:19Tags News, Mobile

Lenovo has unveiled its newly expanded X1 portfolio, including new additions such as the adaptable ThinkPad X1 Tablet with its modular design; the ThinkPad X1 Yoga with world's first OLED display; and the ThinkPad X1 Carbon with an even thinner and lighter design. Comments (Comments)

Samsung Electronics introduces new Smart TV user experience
Posted on 4-Jan-2016 21:15Tags News, DVB and HD

The new Smart Hub interface for 2016 streamlines the user experience, making it faster and easier for consumers to access desired content and entertainment. Comments (Comments)

Spark, Vodafone, Chorus pay telephone tax
Posted on 28-Dec-2015 15:10Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Spark, Vodafone and Chorus will pay almost NZ$44 million towards this year’s $50 million Telecommunications Development Levy. The Telecommunications Development Levy is an extra tax paid by telecommunications companies. Each company pays a little over one percent of its revenue to subsidise rural broadband and finance other worthy but uncommercial services. Spark is the biggest […] Comments (Comments)

NZ-Australia broadband speed gap widens
Posted on 27-Dec-2015 08:00Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Akamai reports New Zealand’s average broadband speed jumped 23 percent compared with last year. The latest quarterly State of the Internet report clocks the average NZ line speed at 8.7 Mbps. Last year’s average was 7.1 Mbps. Despite the speed jump, New Zealand’s relative position to the rest of the world remains unchanged [from a […] Comments (Comments)

Huawei Watch
Posted on 23-Dec-2015 08:47Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Huawei made two of 2015’s better Android phones. It also makes watches. Huawei’s first watch, the Talkband B2 was unlike any other wearable device before or after. The newer model, called Huawei Watch, looks more like an analogue watch. It’s bigger than most watches and is round. It looks conventional and comes with a conventional […] Comments (Comments)

Nexus 6P: Android thoughts
Posted on 21-Dec-2015 17:15Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Google’s Nexus 6P is the best Android phone you can buy. For many that means it is the best phone full stop. Some people are only interested in Android. Android is the most popular phone operating system by a huge margin. Five Android phones sell for every Apple iOS phone. Many, maybe most, Android users […] Comments (Comments)

Xero announces New Zealand Managing Director and VP of Partner and Product Marketing
Posted on 21-Dec-2015 10:41Tags News, SaaS

Anna Curzon joins as Xero NZ Managing Director and Doug LaBahn joins as new Vice President of Partner and Product Marketing. Comments (Comments)

Spark releases app for Apple Watch and Android Wear devices
Posted on 21-Dec-2015 10:23Tags News, Mobile

Spark has released an app for Apple Watch and Android Wear devices that gives people the ability to see information about their Spark plan and track their usage from their wrist. Comments (Comments)

Nexus 6P: Huawei and Google show Android potential
Posted on 20-Dec-2015 10:20Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Google uses its Nexus brand to show the world how good Android phones can be. The Nexus 6P is Google’s flagship phone. For now it is the best Android phone you can buy. Like many top phones the Nexus 6P is a 5.7-inch metal-glass slab. There’s nothing plastic about it. The dimensions make it a […] Comments (Comments)

Volvo technology to allow car delivery soon
Posted on 18-Dec-2015 09:30Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Company announced a new technology allowing couriers to deliver directly into the back of your car by means of a single use, digital key. Comments (Comments)

Huawei launches the new Mate S smartphone in New Zealand
Posted on 17-Dec-2015 19:55Tags News, Android

The Huawei Mate S smartphone is now available in New Zealand exclusively through Huawei's retail partner Noel Leeming. Comments (Comments)

How New Zealand reacted to Commerce Commission copper line price hike
Posted on 17-Dec-2015 13:42Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

There is no question as far as New Zealand media is concerned: Chorus won. The Commerce Commission final determination on regulated copper line charges means Chorus can charge $120 million a year more for customers to connect to its copper phone and broadband network. Chorus CEO Mark Ratcliffe says the new price takes on board “the real […] Comments (Comments)

Spark continues focus on customer service improvements
Posted on 16-Dec-2015 19:00Tags News, Broadband

All of the 100 new customer service agents Spark committed to employing back in September are now trained and answering phones in its contact centres, and the company is looking for a further 40 new agents to work in its Christchurch-based call centre. Comments (Comments)

API Talent achieves Advanced Consulting Partner status in AWS Partner Network
Posted on 16-Dec-2015 10:26Tags News, SaaS

The achievement makes API Talent one of only a few Kiwi companies to have completed the requirements for promotion to Advanced Consulting Partner status in the AWS Partner Network (APN). Comments (Comments)

How the iPad Pro changed my computing needs
Posted on 12-Dec-2015 12:42Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple’s iPad Pro is the perfect tool for my work as a freelance journalist. It’s light, powerful, has a battery that lasts all day and a good keyboard. To my surprise I’ve found my writing is more productive on the Pro than on a Mac. That has a lot to do with the physical hardware. […] Comments (Comments)

Spark buys South Island cloud gem: CCL
Posted on 10-Dec-2015 18:21Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

In March 2014 the New Zealand Herald sent me to Christchurch to write a series of features on the city’s rebuild after two earthquakes. While in town I visited the CCL data centre not far from the centre of town. CCL or Computer Concepts Limited played an important role for the city during the and […] Comments (Comments)

Visa Checkout launches in New Zealand
Posted on 10-Dec-2015 15:30Tags News, Consumer Electronics

A new quick and easy payment service that enables consumers to securely pay for goods online on any device launches in New Zealand today. Visa Checkout is designed to remove the barriers to online transactions which often prevent people from completing a purchase due to excessive form filling. Comments (Comments)

Spark fast-tracks intensive rollout of fast 4G broadband services across rural Canterbury
Posted on 10-Dec-2015 15:27Tags News, 4G

Spark has been working with local councils to support Canterbury's Regional Economic Development Strategy. Comments (Comments)

New Zealand company MyWave launches UK/Europe subsidiary
Posted on 10-Dec-2015 15:24Tags News, Computing

New Zealand Intelligent Assistant company MyWave launched in Europe today with a keynote address at the Ctrl-Shift "Growth Through Trust" Conference in London. Comments (Comments)

Sony launches the VPL-VW5000ES ultimate 4K home theatre projector
Posted on 10-Dec-2015 15:22Tags News, Consumer Electronics

New laser-powered projector has 5,000 lumens and 4K resolution with premium features for home theatre enthusiasts. Comments (Comments)

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